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Grad Family History

Grad Name Meaning

Slovenian: topographic name from grad ‘castle’. Possibly also a Slovenian and Polish nickname from the obsolete noun grad ‘hail’ (in the sense ‘precipitation’). German: borrowing of 1 or alternatively a nickname either from Middle High German gratac ‘greedy’ or, in the south, from Middle High German gerade ‘swift’, ‘skillful’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name from German gerade ‘upright’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Graf, Grab, Grau, Grand, Grass, Gram, Grado, Grahn, Grade, Gran

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Where is the Grad family from?

You can see how Grad families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Grad family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Grad families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Grad families living in Kentucky. This was 100% of all the recorded Grad's in the USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Grad families in 1840.
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What did your Grad ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Grad. 16% of Grad men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Grad women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Grad were Manager and Teacher.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    16%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    12%
  • Manager
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    13%
  • Housework
    13%
  • Secretary
    10%
  • Teacher
    10%
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Grad. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Grad census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Grad. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Grad. For the veterans among your Grad ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Grad lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Grad life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Grad in 1955 was 45, and 83 in 2004.

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